What to Expect at Alma, the Grove’s New Two-Story Upscale Mexican Contender

Massive Mexico City-based restaurant consortium Grupo Hunan is edging ever closer to opening its first stateside project, the new Alma at the Grove that is taking up residence inside the closed home of Dominque Ansel’s former 189. Here’s what to know about the planned arrival, which is slated to come (at least in parts) before the end of the year.

For starters, Alma will indeed use both the first and second floor of the split-level space, with the ground floor casual cafe area opening first. There diners can expect a breezy, coastal-toned dining room and more laid-back service to go along with staple dishes like tacos al pastor, escamoles, and birria. The patio, facing the Grove’s famed fountain, will also be in heavy use, particularly during holiday season; expect this first phase to open in December of this year as a taqueria, cocktail bar, and marketplace.